Marking the second anniversary of the opening of its Next G™ network, Telstra announced that its planned deployment of Enhanced HSPA (eHSPA) to the Next G™ wireless network is progressing on schedule, as connectivity testing between network infrastructure equipment and cellular device technology was successfully achieved. This milestone indicates that Australians using the Telstra network will be the first in the world to experience peak downlink speeds of 21Mbps by the end of the year.
Mike Wright, Executive Director Telstra Wireless, attended the world's first live demonstration of the eHSPA interoperability at Ericsson headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.
“This is truly game-changing. Telstra has a proven history of investment in Australia's nation-wide, HSPA-enabled Next G™ network and this is our latest, very important step toward realising this technology,” Mr Wright said. “Practically speaking, our tests have shown that when combined with our planned rollout of Ethernet backhaul, this network will deliver truly high-speed connectivity on the move.”
Telstra's Next G™ wireless network, which was turned on October 6, 2006, is already the world's fastest national mobile broadband network, covering 99 per cent of the Australian population. eHSPA, also known as HSPA Evolved or HSPA+, is designed to enhance the mobile broadband user experience and enable a wide range of services. The interoperability test was performed on a wireless infrastructure network solution from Ericsson using Qualcomm's MDM8200™ product, the industry's first chipset solution to support eHSPA devices.
“The peak speeds and network efficiency enabled by this evolution will encourage the development of more innovative applications and, importantly, increase our network capacity to support the explosion we are experiencing in wireless internet use,” added Mr Wright.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, said, “The demonstration is significant proof of the maturity of eHSPA technology. Ericsson is the market leader in introducing the latest HSPA network solutions in operator networks that give customers the best possible mobile broadband experience.”
“All the pieces are coming together to create a powerful eHSPA network that will help people connect to the things they care about on the Internet, whether it's for work or play,” said Alex Katouzian, vice president of product management, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “In addition to higher peak rates, people will enjoy shorter response times and a better overall experience when using their mobile devices on the eHSPA network.”
Note: Speeds represented are network peak downlink speeds. Actual customer download speeds will be less and will vary due to congestion, distance from the cell, local conditions, hardware, software and other factors.
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Ltd Telstra is Australia's leading telecommunications and information services company, with one of the best known brands in the country. They offer a full range of services and compete in all telecommunications markets throughout Australia, providing 9.4 million Australian fixed line and 9.4 million mobile services, including 4.4 million 3G services. Telstra is the 11th largest telco in the world based on market capitalization and for the financial year ended 30 June 2008 outperformed its global peer group in terms of domestic revenue growth and mobile service revenue growth. Telstra is the only true media communications company in Australia that can provide customers with a fully integrated telecommunications experience across fixed line, mobiles, broadband (BigPond®), information, transaction and search (Sensis®) and pay TV (FOXTEL). Its home page is www.telstra.com.
Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more than 195 million subscribers. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure and broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices. Ericsson is advancing its vision of 'communication for all' through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion (SEK 188 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ.
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